Before 3500 mourners, John McCain is eulogized as a 'true American hero'

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"He was a great man", Meghan McCain said at the Washington National Cathedral.

Attendees included former Democratic Sen.

Biden started off his eulogy saying, "My name's Joe Biden".

He also recalled McCain as a man who could be cantankerous and stubborn but treated political opponents, including Democrats, with mutual respect while cherishing friendships struck up with those with whom he differed. "It was the underlying values that animated everything John did, everything he was", he said.

Noting that many acted as if "John came from a different age, lived by an ancient antiquated code where honor, courage, character integrity, duty - were obvious because that's how John lived his life". McCain's Senate colleagues shared memories of McCain's six terms in the Senate.

"John treated every day, every issue, with the intensity and seriousness that the legislative process deserves".

Fitzgerald explains the odd pairing isn't really all that odd if you got to know McCain over the years.

"He had America's fighting spirit", McConnell said.

"Thank you for the privilege of serving you and for the rewarding life that service in uniform and in public office has allowed me to lead".

But Biden also proclaimed that "McCain's impact on America is not over", and left the audience with another prediction: "To paraphrase Shakespeare, we shall not see his like again".

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"He was about the only politician that I have ever known who cared for the people in his country, and he tried his level best to make it a better place in which to live", Fellars said.

Gov. Doug Ducey remembered McCain as "Arizona's favorite adopted son" on what would have been his 82nd birthday. May God comfort his family and friends. He attended the United States Naval Academy from 1954 until 1958, training as a pilot.

Washington D.C. gathered Friday to pay its respects to "generational leader" John McCain as the veteran senator's casket arrived to lie in state under the Capitol rotunda - with political leaders paying tribute to McCain's service to the country in both the military and in Congress.

"Whenever I was in trouble, John was the first guy there ..." Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, U.N. Ambassador John Bolton, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were among those in attendance, along with members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Joe Crowley, Pete King and Eliot Engel.

"He celebrated differences. He embraced humanity, championed what was true and just, and saw people for who they were", said Larry Fitzgerald, NFL player and friend of McCain. The procession is expected to continue highlighting what McCain found important, some of which contrasts with Trump's style and priorities.

About 1,000 seats for Thursday's church service were made available to members of the public who signed up. Biden said they "were optimists" and spoke about everything except his family's recent deaths and McCain's time as a prisoner of war in Vietnam.

Trump obtained deferments during the Vietnam War for his college education and then for bone spurs in his heels.

The longtime Arizona senator, who died from brain cancer on August 25, was borne into the Capitol by representatives from the different branches of the armed services before former colleagues, friends and family paid their respects.

Family members watched in silence as uniformed military members removed the senator's flag-draped casket from the black hearse and carried it into the North Phoenix Baptist for a commemoration featuring Vice President Joe Biden and other dignitaries.

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